Pharmacy Practice

ASHP Commission on Goals Focuses on Preparation of Healthcare Workforce in the Digital Future

Published: March 16, 2020

This year’s Commission on Goals convened March 3 to discuss strategies to prepare the healthcare workforce to optimize patient-centered care and medication use in a digital future occupied by disruptive innovations and evolving technologies.

The 2020 Commission on Goals*, an interdisciplinary group of thought leaders that reviews healthcare trends and provides guidance on potential strategic areas of focus for ASHP, built on last year’s meeting that centered around the impact of artificial intelligence on healthcare and pharmacy practice.

The commission includes leaders from medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, academia, industry, and government. They were charged this year with bringing their unique perspective on how collectively the following goals can be achieved:

  • Identifying strategies to ensure a robust, competent, and skilled healthcare professional workforce that can adapt to innovations and evolving technologies in healthcare to better serve patients
  • Identifying the roles that healthcare professions, colleges, associations, government, and accrediting bodies play in restructuring the workforce for the digital future

The commission emphasized the need for collaborative dialogue and focused on the following areas:

  • Advances in healthcare technologies
  • Advances in therapeutic modalities
  • Optimization of medication use
  • Enhancing access to care
  • Healthcare workforce preparation

Members of the commission also discussed the actions that the healthcare industry and associations will need to take to influence the development and safe and effective use of new technologies and the need for data and evidence to propel technologies forward on behalf of patients.

Proceedings of the commission meeting will be published online ahead of print in a forthcoming issue of AJHP.

*Commission on Goals Roster

John A. Armitstead, M.S., R.Ph., FASHP
Commission Chair
System Director of Pharmacy
Lee Health

Kelly M. Smith, Pharm.D., FASHP, FCCP
Commission Vice Chair
Dean and Professor
University of Georgia College of Pharmacy

Paul W. Abramowitz, Pharm.D., Sc.D. (Hon), FASHP
Chief Executive Officer
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

Peter Angood, M.D., CPE, FRCS(C), FACS, MCCM
Chief Executive Officer and President
American Association for Physician Leadership

Oriana Beaudet, D.N.P., R.N., P.H.N.
Vice President of Nursing Innovation
American Nurses Association

Megan Coder, Pharm.D., M.B.A.
Executive Director
Digital Therapeutics Alliance


Anupam DattaMajumdar, Ph.D.
Vice President, Advanced Technologies, Research and Data Science
Omnicell Inc.

Allen Flynn, Pharm.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Informatics for Learning Health Systems
University of Michigan Medical School

William J. Gordon, M.D.
Medical Director, Health Innovation Platform
Partners HealthCare System
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Mira Irons, M.D.
Chief Health and Science Officer
American Medical Association

Joy A. Lewis, M.P.H., M.S.W.
Vice President, Strategic Policy Planning
American Hospital Association

COL Mark Maneval, Ph.D.
Senior Data Scientist and Chief, Pharmacy Clinical Decision Support
Enterprise Intelligence and Data Solutions
Defense Health Agency

Rosha Champion McCoy, M.D., FAAP
Senior Director, Advancing Clinical Leadership and Quality
Health Care Affairs
Association of American Medical Colleges

Tina Moen, Pharm.D.
Senior Deputy Chief Health Officer and Chief Pharmacy Officer
IBM Watson Health

Prad Prasoon, B.E.
Emerging Businesses, Ventures & Technology Strategies Director
American Heart Association

Dimitra V. Travlos, Pharm.D.
Assistant Executive Director and Director, Continuing Pharmacy Education Provider Accreditation
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

Kasey K. Thompson, Pharm.D., M.S., M.B.A.
Commission Secretary
Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

Posted March 16, 2020

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